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    Default Getting Car onto Axle Stands Safely

    Chaps,

    I have borrowed a set of Axle stands and a trolly jack which i intend to use when painting my brake calipers.

    Plan of action is this:

    Jack up front on one side of the car, get axle stand in position and lower onto it. Then do the same on the other side, thus getting the front end completely on the axle stands. Then do the same with the rear.

    I have got some chocks to put under the wheels as well.

    Is what i am planning on doing right or wrong?

    I want to make sure this is the correct way of doing things, or pointed in the right direction to do this properly.

    Your advice would be appreciated.

    Cheers
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    Sounds fine to me, I just did 1 corner at a time.

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    Don't forget to leave the jack up with the axle stands as extra support. Why not search in youtube? I'm sure some clever spark has recorded a video of this so they could be a movie star LOL

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    The fronts are easy enough as there's an obvious place to put the axle stand (you can't miss it) but the rears need a bit of careful balancing and placing to find somewhere it'll sit quite happily...

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    Thanks chaps.

    I had a look around on YouTube and various searches on the net. Most when putting onto two stands centre jack it and then place the stands.

    I think i will play safe do one side, prime the caliper, repalce wheel and then do the other 3. Then repeat and do the top coats.

    A bit of work involved, but not impossible!

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    The way I tend to do brake caliper refurbs is to jack up one corner, remove that wheel, clamp the brake flexi pipe, undo the brake pipe from the caliper, remove caliper from hub. Then leaving the clamp in position, refit the wheel and lower the car to the ground. Put big note on steering wheel to remind myself that the car is missing a brake caliper! Take caliper into garage so it can be properly cleaned up and painted in the warm and dry. When it's properly dried, refit to car, remove clamp, bleed the air out (if you clamp it close enough, then there won't be much to remove). Then repeat for the other wheels.

    Having said that - if your calipers aren't big rusty lumps (the above procedure was on Renault 5s and Subarus) then you might be just as well painting in situ...

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    Why is everyone scared of putting the car on 4 axle stands..? As long as it's level and there's no major wind around, it'll be fine...

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    Dont do what I did a few weeks back, use an old leaking 2Tn trolley jack which wasn't tall enough so packed it out with some hard wood decking,

    The decking split and the car slid off the jack and dropped a few inches ,, while my head was under the wheel arch ,

    I tput the jack in the bin after that and got a 3tn jack off Fleabay with a fixed handle, much better and SAFER

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    Got the front up today on the stands.. I guess like most things when its the first time you have done it, and the potential risk to you and the car, you are kinda cautious!

    Got the stands under the two large front bushes and it is sitting on them quite nicely.

    First coat of paint on the calipers done... Another in a couple of hours..

    Considering its an easy mod to do, but can easily put you off about jacking the car up etc, Ill do a how to with the pictures i thave taken as i have been progressing.

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    oops.. duplicate post

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